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China "cuts entertainment TV by two-thirds"

BEIJING: China's satellite broadcasters have dramatically cut the number of prime time entertainment shows they air, state media said, after President Hu Jintao warned of the dangers of Western cultural imports. Dating shows and talent contests, many of them based on Western television formulas, have taken off in China in recent years, sparking concern among authorities. The official Xinhua news agency said the number of entertainment shows airing during prime time every week had plunged to 38 from 126, in line with an order the state broadcasting watchdog issued in October. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) ordered broadcasters to stop showing "excessive entertainment", and to air at least two hours of news each evening from January 1. "Satellite channels have started to broadcast programmes that promote traditional virtues and socialist core ...

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